In the Middle
March Newsletter from Dakota Meadows Middle School
March 2nd- a mass band finale of the Westside Bands
Student Testing in April and May
DMMS will be MCA testing in math, reading, and science during the months of April and May. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will be testing in math and reading. Grade 8 will also be testing in science. Please view the schedule to see when your child will be testing.
April 17 & 18 - MCA Reading all grades
April 19-21 Make-up Reading
April 24 & 25 MCA Math all grades
April 26-28 Make-up Math
May 1 & 2 Science 8 MCA-Science Class
May 1-5 NWEA 6 Reading-English/ELA/Read 180
May 8-12 NWEA 6 Math-Math Class
May 8-12 NWEA Reading-English/ELA/Read 180
May 15-19 NWEA Math-Math Class
The MCA results will be mailed to your home this summer after the state of Minnesota generates a report. Each student will receive a score that falls in one of four achievement levels. The MCA is not a test that students pass or fail.
Please make sure your student has the following items ready for testing:
Chromebook charging cord in the case
EarBuds/ EarPhones in the case
Cell Phone at home or shut off in locker
Following are a few ways that parents can be positive participants in your child’s testing experience:
• Encourage your child to do his/her very best.
• Remind your child that it is important to listen carefully to the teacher when directions are given and to ask any questions, if possible, before she/he begins the test.
• Make certain that your child has a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before leaving home.
• Offer encouragement and support as you send her/him off to school.
If you would like further information about MCA testing, the Minnesota Department of Education has additional information regarding the MCA available online at www.education.state.mn.us.
March Means Inline Skating
DMMS 6th graders participated in two and a half weeks of Inline Skating in PE class.
Special thank you to DMMS PTO for sponsoring a portion of this special skating opportunity! Students learned how to balance on their skates (a challenge at first!), forward skate, T-stop for safety, right corner, left corner and backward skate. Lap skate was the goal - achieved by all!
Classes discussed where to purchase new or gently used skates, how to bargain shop, where to have skates repaired, and knowledge and awareness of Mankato/ North Mankato trails available for safe inline skating.
During work on skating skills, we had the benefit of teaming with West High School P4 Teen volunteer students. They assisted in tightening skates, working with students very new to the skate experience, and mastery of lap skating. What a great partnership!
Roaring 20s in U.S. Studies
AVID Classes Bring in Community Partner
We were thrilled to have DeAndre Adams come in to the AVID 7/8 classes on March 24 to share his life experience of being an AVID student, AVID tutor and first generation college student and graduate. DeAndre delivered some great motivational messages to the AVID students including the importance of mentors and time management skills, believing in yourself, being proud of who you are and identifying your goals.
Thank you to DeAndre for sharing his time, talent and AVID experience with the students!
Let's Talk: Parents, Teens, and Digital Relationships
Let's Talk: Parents, Teens, and Digital Relationships
Join us on Tuesday, April 10, 2017 in the John A. Votca Conference Center at South Central College for our next Let's Talk event.
Social media is at the fingertips of today’s youth. As a result, children are developing relationships in the digital realm, many of which are never realized in person. These online communications can result in sexting, cyber bullying, conflict with friends, and more.
So how can parents help? This presentation includes a panel of local experts who will share experiences and provide updates related to current social media applications and how to how to better navigate these challenges with your child.
Tom Rother, Detective, Mankato Dept. of Public Safety
Casey Hardy, Assistant County Attorney. Blue Earth County
Sherri Blasing, Assistant Principal, Mankato West HS
Tracy Brovold, Media Director, District 77
Molly Fox, Social Worker, District 77
Facilitated by Kate Cox, Clinical Social Worker, LICSW, Mayo Clinic Health System
You do not need to have attended a previous Let's Talk initiative to attend or participate. Social Media is continuously changing and it's important to continue the conversation. We encourage parents to attend with their children, allowing them time to engage in dialogue about these situations. Free Admission.
Dates To Remember
April 6 - 8th Grade Career Tours - 8:15 - 11:15 a.m.
April 11 - TWO HOUR LATE START
April 14 - NO SCHOOL - HOLIDAY
April 17 & 18 - MCA Reading Testing - All Grades
April 19 & 20 - MCA Reading Make-ups
April 24 & 25 - MCA Math Testing - All Grades
April 26 & 27 - MCA Math Make-ups
April 28 - Student Council Dance - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
May 1 & 2 - 8th Grade MCA Science testing
May 1-5 - NWEA 6 Reading-English/ELA/Read 180
May 8-12 - NWEA 6 Math-Math Class
May 8-12 - NWEA Reading-English/ELA/Read 180
May 15-19 - NWEA Math-Math Class
Dakota Meadows Middle School
Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.
Preparedness - BE READY!
Respect - BE KIND!
Integrity - BE HONEST!
Determination - BE BRAVE!
Excellence - BE YOU!